photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This image accompanied the acquision of two miniature bikes in 2008.
For over thirty years the monkey circus delighted and entertained visitors at Taronga Zoo, overlooking Sydney Harbour. Edworthy was one of several firms that supplied bicycles to the zoo over those years. After a critical review in 1967, the Zoo embarked on its current philosophy of emphasising scientific research, conservation and education. Attractions including elephant rides, miniature trains, a merry-go-round and the monkey circus were removed. The monkey circus closed in October 1967. Zoo’s have come a long way since then!
Photography by Mr W.H. (Bill) Saunders.
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Post by Erika Dicker, Assistant Curator